By C. Brian Kelly
The Civil battle You by no means Knew...
Behind the bloody battles, strategic marches, and embellished generals lie greater than a hundred intensely own, real tales you haven't heard prior to. In most sensible Little tales from the Civil struggle, squaddies describe their first stories in conflict, ladies realize the advances and retreats of armies, spies recount their equipment, and leaders demonstrate the reasoning in the back of lots of their public activities. attention-grabbing characters come to existence, including:
Former U.S. Senator Robert Toombs of Georgia, who warned the accomplice cupboard to not fall for Lincoln's catch through firing on reinforcements, thereby permitting Lincoln to assert the South had fired the 1st photographs of the struggle at citadel Sumter.
Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut, who disbanded the thirteenth autonomous Battery, Ohio mild Artillery, scattered its males, gave its weapons to different devices, and ordered its officials domestic, accusing all of cowardly functionality in battle.
Thomas N. Conrad, a accomplice undercover agent working in Washington, who warned Richmond of either the looming Federal Peninsula crusade within the spring of 1863 and the assault at Fredericksburg later that year.
Private Franklin Thomson of Michigan, born as Sarah Emma Edmonds, who fought in uniform for the Union in the course of the warfare and later was once the single lady member of the postwar Union Grand military of the Republic.
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